Falling in love isn’t a crime—but falling in love with a Russian mafia boss could be deadly.
Competitive tennis player Carter Cook wants a taste of freedom. Her overprotective father monitors every aspect of her life, so when he becomes employed by Vladimir Ivanov—a sexy Russian with an array of tattoos and an accent that weakens her knees—a bit of danger is within Carter’s grasp. Behind her father’s back, she enjoys spending time with Vladimir at his lavish estate. But is he really the upstanding businessman she believes him to be?
Vladimir Ivanov reigns as godfather of a Russian mafia crime ring.
Vladimir spent five years of his life in a Siberian prison camp and has earned every tattoo inked into his skin. He is a powerful man who gets what he wants, and after stalking the gorgeous tennis player for years—he wants Carter. A little charm melts her heart, and behind the scenes, he orders his henchman to track her every move.
He’s a tattooed stick of dynamite ready to blow at the slightest spark.
As their romance reaches deadly levels, Carter senses something’s not right. When she’s lured into a compromising position at the hands of a shady European drug dealer, she calls in Boris, Vladimir’s right hand man, to rescue her—without telling Vladimir. With his authority questioned, he sets out to teach Carter a lesson about loyalty she’ll never forget.
When Carter realizes she’s in too deep, she must fight for her freedom before the attraction turns fatal.
But the Russian bratva plays for keeps, and Vladimir’s fierce lust to possess her spirals their romance out of control.
This novel was crazy!!!!! It was abundantly darker than I originally thought it was going to be. But that made for an intense ride! The characters were ruthless and unapologetic. They expected everyone to conform to the rules and if they didn’t those individuals would be dealt with accordingly!
Carter Cook has no idea the life changing consequences that are going to befall her. Being a competitive tennis player might teach her some things but it isn’t going to help her navigate the murky vodka infused waters of the Russian Bratva. After getting ensnared by the Russians, and finding no way out of the mess she created, she has no choice but to play their twisted game. Can Carter win her freedom in the end or will everything she has been protecting fall prey to the Russians?
Vladimir Ivanov is the Boss. He has been through hell and back and now he is going to take any and everything he wants. Once he decides someone is in the Family there is no getting out. And now he has his eyes set on Carter. What started out as a somewhat shady good deed turns into an obsession that just can’t be beat. Will he get Carter to bend to his will? Or will her inner strength and new found smarts keep her out of the Family forever?
This story makes you want to love and hate the characters in equal fashion. It’s hard because it seems like there’s no redeeming qualities in the hero but at the same time there are! Those qualities are just buried underneath this crazy life style he has been brought up in and thinks is correct. As is with his right hand man Boris. I really wanted to love these two characters but they made it just too hard!
I wanted to be able to give this story five butterflies because it was such a tossup of emotions but when Vladimir just let things happen to Carter in the end and didn’t show any remorse for his part, it was just a little too much on top of everything else that happened. I’m really hoping that his character shows some growth and remorse in the next novel!
Ultimately this was an awesome start to a crazy new series! I wasn’t sure if I would like this novel but I’m super glad I gave it a chance!! I cannot wait for the topsy turvey ride that is going to happen in the next book. All in all, if you are in the mood for a mafia boss that spiraling out of control and a heroine who wants to save him then come check out his Russian Tattoos!!!
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